St. Moritz has been crafting fine watches for some time. At the 2005 summer Outdoor Retailer Show we reported on their stylish analog altimeter watch. This time they had three watches that caught our eye and two of them in particular really piqued this author's interest.
Of immediate interest to us are the digital altimeters that will be available in November. For those of people looking for an entry level altimeter with pleasing style and basic features at a very appealing price the Momentum VP-1 will be worth a look. If you want to go all out and need a watch that can survive anything, adds a digital compass, advanced lap recording features, altitude alarms for maximum, average, and low altitudes, as well as the usual barometric pressure tracking, and weather forecasting then the stainless steel Momentum VS-1 with its sapphire crystal is for you.
Finally, for those of us who just can't wear digital watches all the time and want a watch made of truly modern materials including titanium, a sapphire crystal, and carbon fiber then the Momentum Logic is perhaps the watch we have been waiting for.
The Momentum VS-1 is a serious watch for serious backcountry travel. Housed in a 316L solid stainless steel case with either an emerald or sapphire crystal this watch will go pretty much anywhere. The display is sharp and operation looks straightforward.
Both the VP-1 and VS-1 share the same basic feature set providing the user with an altimeter with a range from -700 to 9000 meters, barometric pressure sensor that reads between 300 to 1000 millibars, temperature readout, basic weather prediction and pressure tracking. An advanced chronograph with a large memory capable of storing data for 30 races 9100 data points per race), plus the usual time, date, and alarm features you would expect on watches of this caliber round out the feature set. A digital compass with declination settings completes the package.
MSRP of the Momentum VS-1 with sapphire crystal is $235 (Available November).
MSRP of the VP-1 is $120 (Available November).
The Momentum Logic is the truly classy , made of space-age materials , analog watch some of us have been waiting for and not even been aware of that fact. The titanium case encloses a watch with Swiss made long life movement (battery life of approximately 10 years) that presents the date and time on a lovely carbon fiber dial (black, yellow, or silver) using superluminova hands and idnexes (absorb light during the day and glow quite brightly for hours throughout the day). A sapphire crystal and natural rubber with titanium clasp round our the appearance of this watch which can most certainly go almost anywhere and survive almost everything.
MSRP: $320 (shipping early September)